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The Connection Between Hormone Replacement Therapy & Periodontal Disease

Hormone Replacement Therapy & Oral HealthFor women considering hormone replacement therapy, there’s an unexpected benefit that you may not have heard yet – better dental health! A study recently published in The Journal of Periodontology suggests that estrogen supplementation has the ability to prevent (or slow down the progression) of gingivitis and periodontitis.

How Can Hormone Replacement Therapy Help?

Around half of Americans over the age of 55 suffer from periodontitis (an advanced stage of gum disease). Researchers believe that the lack of estrogen that causes osteopenia and osteoporosis can also cause bone loss in the jaw. If left untreated, this bone loss can eventually lead to the loss of the teeth. Luckily, estrogen supplements may decrease the inflammation in the gums, slowing the damage to the jawbone.

Symptoms Of Periodontal Disease

Below are some of the common symptoms of periodontal disease to keep an eye out for:

  • Persistent bad breath
  • Gums that bleed easily during brushing
  • Swelling, tenderness, or redness of the gums
  • Receding gums
  • Teeth beginning to loosen

If you’re experiencing any of the above symptoms or for more information about how hormone replacement therapy will affect your dental health, please contact SpringRock Dental today. Our office is located in Aurora, CO.

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